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A heartfelt portrait of President George H.W. Bush—and his post-presidential life—by a confidante who knew him well. As chief of staff, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when he died and subsequently facing the challenge-and great honor-of being in charge of his state f A heartfelt portrait of President George H.W. Bush—and his post-presidential life—by a confidante who knew him well. As chief of staff, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when he died and subsequently facing the challenge-and great honor-of being in charge of his state funeral. Full of heart and wisdom, THE MAN I KNEW is a vibrant behind-the-scenes look into the ups and downs of heading up the office of a former president by one of the people who knew him best. This book tells the story of how, after his devastating loss to Bill Clinton in 1992, President George H.W. Bush rebuilt his life, found a way to make a difference, and how, by the time he died in November 2018, was revered by his country and the world. Bush's post-presidency journey was filled with determination, courage, love, hope, humor, fun, and big ideas. He became best friends with the man who defeated him; developed the odd habit of jumping out of airplanes; and learned how to adjust to life in a wheelchair, after having lived most of his life as a high-energy athlete. He joyously saw two sons become governors of their states, one of whom would go one to become President of the United States. What happens when you go almost overnight from being the most important and powerful person in the world to a private citizen? THE MAN I KNEW tells just such a story, of one man's humble journey from president to man of the people.  


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A heartfelt portrait of President George H.W. Bush—and his post-presidential life—by a confidante who knew him well. As chief of staff, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when he died and subsequently facing the challenge-and great honor-of being in charge of his state f A heartfelt portrait of President George H.W. Bush—and his post-presidential life—by a confidante who knew him well. As chief of staff, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush's life post-presidency, including being at his side when he died and subsequently facing the challenge-and great honor-of being in charge of his state funeral. Full of heart and wisdom, THE MAN I KNEW is a vibrant behind-the-scenes look into the ups and downs of heading up the office of a former president by one of the people who knew him best. This book tells the story of how, after his devastating loss to Bill Clinton in 1992, President George H.W. Bush rebuilt his life, found a way to make a difference, and how, by the time he died in November 2018, was revered by his country and the world. Bush's post-presidency journey was filled with determination, courage, love, hope, humor, fun, and big ideas. He became best friends with the man who defeated him; developed the odd habit of jumping out of airplanes; and learned how to adjust to life in a wheelchair, after having lived most of his life as a high-energy athlete. He joyously saw two sons become governors of their states, one of whom would go one to become President of the United States. What happens when you go almost overnight from being the most important and powerful person in the world to a private citizen? THE MAN I KNEW tells just such a story, of one man's humble journey from president to man of the people.  

30 review for The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush's Post-Presidency

  1. 5 out of 5

    WM D.

    Jean Becker : the man I knew the amazing story of George h.w Bush was a good book. While reading the book. I learned a lot about the former president and was surprised what I learned. A must read for history buffs like me

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bargain Sleuth Book Reviews

    For this and other book reviews, visit www.bargain-sleuth.com If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it countless times. If there’s a best seller and a presidential biography side-by-side, I’ll always go with the presidential biography. That’s why, when NetGalley and Twelve books offered me The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush’s Post-Presidency, I gladly jumped into the fray. The book was released to the public on June 1, 2021. All opinions offered are my own. From Goodreads: “As chief For this and other book reviews, visit www.bargain-sleuth.com If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it countless times. If there’s a best seller and a presidential biography side-by-side, I’ll always go with the presidential biography. That’s why, when NetGalley and Twelve books offered me The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush’s Post-Presidency, I gladly jumped into the fray. The book was released to the public on June 1, 2021. All opinions offered are my own. From Goodreads: “As chief of staff, Jean Becker had a ringside seat to the never-boring story of George Herbert Walker Bush’s life post-presidency, including being at his side when he died and subsequently facing the challenge-and great honor-of being in charge of his state funeral. Full of heart and wisdom, THE MAN I KNEW is a vibrant behind-the-scenes look into the ups and downs of heading up the office of a former president by one of the people who knew him best.” I’ve already read the official biography of George H.W. Bush, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham, and came away with a better sense of Bush the diplomat and statesman. I also read 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush so I had a better understanding of Bush as a father and grandfather. But The Man I Knew provides something different: a look a a post-presidency that lasted 26 years and was full of variety. Politics is largely ignored in Bush’s post-presidency, which seemed surprising at first. But as I got further into the book, I could see why there was an absence of politics: George Bush was largely apolitical after he left office. Sure, he made appearances at the Republican National Conventions and supported his son when he was president, but he largely stayed out of the fray. In keeping with past presidents, he did not stick his nose into current events and offer advice, either publicly or privately. Becker shares memories from letters from George Bush and herself, sometimes encapsulating events in a letter to her siblings, sometimes in memos to staff. Sometimes she shares stories and recreates conversations to her best ability by asking other witnesses their recollections to gather a consensus. What she reveals is a man who cared greatly for his family above anything else, who always tried to be right and true, had a great sense of humor, and lived life to the fullest right up until the end. This book made me laugh out loud quite a few times. And even though I don’t normally cry at books, I got wistful more than a few times. I got to know our 41st president a lot better and could not think of a better one-term president or a more decent man. I think, when describing George H.W. Bush, Brian Mulroney summed him up during his eulogy at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.: “No occupant of the Oval Office was more courageous, more principled and more honorable that George Herbert Walker Bush… There is a word for this: it is called ‘leadership’–and let me tell you that when George Bush was President of the United States of America, every single head of government in the world knew they were dealing with a true gentleman, a genuine leader–one who was distinguished, resolute and brave.” George Bush was able to cross party lines. He not only famously became best friends with Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him for a second term in the White House (so much so that his children refer to Clinton as the ‘brother from another mother’), he and President Obama got along famously as well. “President Obama called President Bush and told him he would like to give him the Medal of Freedom, our country’s highest civilian honor. President Bush was deeply touched. In bestowing the award a few months later, President Obama cited President Bush’s long resume’ of public service and commended him for ending the Cold War, among other accomplishments. But the words that touched President Bush the most were these: ‘His humility and decency reflects the very best of the American spirit.'” As for the lighter moments, there was the occasion of the CIA headquarters being named for Bush, even though he only held the position as director for less than a year. “As Mrs. Bush used to say in her speeches: ‘It was a tremendous honor… but frankly bewildering. Why would an agency dedicated to intelligence name their headquarters after someone who celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday by jumping out of a perfectly good airplane at 12,500 feet?'” As Becker admits, working for the Bush’s was a blessing, filled with joy, but also with many challenges. “I feel incredibly blessed to work for them, yet there are challenges. I have been told by Mikhail Gorbachev to shut up, but I’ve been kissed by Tom Selleck; I’ve been yelled at by the President of the United States but blessed by the Pope. I have picked up the phone at 7 a.m. only to hear Barbara Bush say to me, “Have you totally lost your mind,” but next week I move my office for five months to Kennebunkport, Maine… Yes, I think the highs greatly outweigh the occasional lows.” The author learned many things during her several decades with the Bushes: think big, make a difference, live life with joy, think of the other guy, don’t be afraid to get into the ring. But she also admits that working for the former president was also a big more complicated than that. “Be open to new ideas. Don’t be afraid to change your mind. Don’t be afraid to say you were wrong. Don’t judge. Don’t hold grudges.” I’ve read or listened to more than 100 books this year and have to say that this is my favorite so far. Rarely have we seen a more human side to a former president. I highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ManOfLaBook.com

    The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush’s Post-Presidency by Jean Becker is the author’s memoir about the decades she spent working for the 41st President. Ms. Becker served as Barbara Bush’s Chief of Staff, and was hired to be George Bush’s Chief of Staff during his post-presidency years. This book is a fascinating look into person that is George H.W. Bush, what made him tick, as well as his personality. The presidency of Bush 41 has been reevaluated since the day he left office, The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush’s Post-Presidency by Jean Becker is the author’s memoir about the decades she spent working for the 41st President. Ms. Becker served as Barbara Bush’s Chief of Staff, and was hired to be George Bush’s Chief of Staff during his post-presidency years. This book is a fascinating look into person that is George H.W. Bush, what made him tick, as well as his personality. The presidency of Bush 41 has been reevaluated since the day he left office, which shows us how, from a distance, without a doubt we can see things that we didn’t at the moment. The best thing about The Man I Knew: The Amazing Story of George H. W. Bush’s Post-Presidency by Jean Becker is that I felt like I’ve known Mr. Bush better, above all through her personal anecdotes and observations. Ms. Becker love and reverence for Mr. and Mrs. Bush, and indeed for the whole Bush clan, is obvious on every page. It is always fascinating to read about the behind-the-scenes stories but people who were there. Whether it’s the from the staff, Secret Service agents, or the now famous Presidents Club. The author who accompanied the Bush family for decades, until their death has collected many anecdotes worthy of the family and how they would want to be remembered. From my reading on recent American history and current events, I have yet to read a bad word on George H.W. Bush. It says a lot about a person when one of his best friends came to be the person who handed him a defeat for his second presidential term. Every story in this book shines a light on the person that we all only knew from media coverage. I especially enjoyed the story where Mr. Bush was going to dedicated a new emergency room in Cameron, La (that was devastated by Hurricane Rita) and wanted the star of the TV show ER, George Clooney, to tag along. Only that Mr. Clooney has left the show 7 years earlier, but the Bushes didn’t know because they were watching reruns. Mr. Clooney did show up, and the two Georges were a hit. Both Mr. and Mrs. Bush have always impressed me with being wonderful people, this book cemented this impression. The couple dedicated their post-presidency career to family and charity, going out of their way and convenience for both with style, grace, and a wonderful sense of humor.

  4. 5 out of 5

    William Rham

    Jean Becker has written a wonderful memoir about her twenty-five years as President George H.W. Bush’s (Bush 41’s) post-presidential chief of staff. Upfront, it’s important to note what this book is not. It’s not a book about American politics or even President Bush’s (or any of the Bush’s) political beliefs. It doesn’t delve all that deeply into the Bush 41 presidency, only just enough to give the reader background and context concerning the particular anecdote Becker is relating. Nor is it a go Jean Becker has written a wonderful memoir about her twenty-five years as President George H.W. Bush’s (Bush 41’s) post-presidential chief of staff. Upfront, it’s important to note what this book is not. It’s not a book about American politics or even President Bush’s (or any of the Bush’s) political beliefs. It doesn’t delve all that deeply into the Bush 41 presidency, only just enough to give the reader background and context concerning the particular anecdote Becker is relating. Nor is it a gossip-laden tell-all or an expose revealing any deep, dark secret. It is, simply, a recounting of the times Ms. Becker spent with the President and Mrs. Bush told in chapters each devoted to an important aspect of President Bush’s character or a central theme of his life (e.g., family, friendship, caring for and serving others, personal modesty, sense of humor, etc.) What emerges is the portrait of a man just about everyone might wish they had known and even had as a friend--a man of deeply held convictions who wanted to do right, and who did do right, by his family, his friends (and even his adversaries), his community, and his country. And the book is very well-written. Portions of it are laugh-out-loud funny. Other passages may evoke tears. And other parts may leave readers believing that there’s more they could be doing to make life better for others. Ms. Becker is that good a writer. Kudos to her for a five-star work of memoir and biography.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Joseph J.

    A very entertaining and attention grabbing remembrance/memoir of working for the former President by his chief of staff. Trite to say but in all honesty I couldn't put it down, and that proves that his very personal book appeals to those of all political stripes. We find out that the former President cared for his staff, was open to gay men and women in his circle, and was supportive of his fellow Presidents despite their politics or political affiliation. We knew of the unlikely friendship and A very entertaining and attention grabbing remembrance/memoir of working for the former President by his chief of staff. Trite to say but in all honesty I couldn't put it down, and that proves that his very personal book appeals to those of all political stripes. We find out that the former President cared for his staff, was open to gay men and women in his circle, and was supportive of his fellow Presidents despite their politics or political affiliation. We knew of the unlikely friendship and love between he an Bill Clinton. This books also shows the touching relationship between Bush and Obama. There is humor-the fart file-and honesty beyond what we thought we knew; Barbara Bush was not impressed by a mourning Nancy Reagan at her husband's bier in the Rotunda. That small detail aside, WHY CAN'T POLITICIANS TODAY SHOW THE RESPECT ABOVE POLITICS AND PARTY WE SEE BUSH DISPLAY. Geraldine Ferraro was another Bush rival turned friend. This book entertains, but makes us wonder why politics can't exist above pettiness. I must say copies should be delivered to current Capital Hill leadership, with Republican "leadership" given priority.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Konet

    This was an exceptional book about George H W Bush. I am glad the author was part of his inner circle of friends and comrades, she obviously cared a lot about George and Barbara. This book was less about the politics and focused more on Bush Sr's life before and especially after his one term as the 41st President. I love learning about his friendships with other former Presidents like Obama and Clinton and their goals as private citizens to still help the country. I liked that his friendships di This was an exceptional book about George H W Bush. I am glad the author was part of his inner circle of friends and comrades, she obviously cared a lot about George and Barbara. This book was less about the politics and focused more on Bush Sr's life before and especially after his one term as the 41st President. I love learning about his friendships with other former Presidents like Obama and Clinton and their goals as private citizens to still help the country. I liked that his friendships did not matter about politics. I also enjoyed leaning more about his family life and how he grew up. I really loved and enjoyed this book and am getting this in hardcover, since it has already been published. Highly recommended as a presidential biography. Thanks to Netgalley, Jean Becker and Twelve Books for giving me an ARC after this book has already been published in exchange for an honest review. Recommended this to everyone I know who enjoys positive nonfiction. Already available: 6/1/21

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily Correia

    This book is a must read for any fan of HW. I received an ARC of this book and 5 pages in placed a preorder for the book to share with family and friends. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for a tell all exposing the former President, or if you have a preconceived disdain for him. Jean Becker states at the beginning that this book is not a tell all, but instead is essentially her love letter to the incredible life she witnessed spending so much time with the Bush family. She did not disa This book is a must read for any fan of HW. I received an ARC of this book and 5 pages in placed a preorder for the book to share with family and friends. I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for a tell all exposing the former President, or if you have a preconceived disdain for him. Jean Becker states at the beginning that this book is not a tell all, but instead is essentially her love letter to the incredible life she witnessed spending so much time with the Bush family. She did not disappoint at all. Becker shared the soft and loving side of HW through personal stories, a number of beautiful letters to his family and friends, and the eulogies shared at his funeral service. This book took me longer than expected to read, but it was because I savored every moment. I can’t recommend this book enough. Becker also is an eloquent writer and the flow of the book kept me hooked.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I feel weird about giving star ratings to books written by family or people I know (Jean is my Mom's cousin and was President Bush's chief of staff after he left the White House until his death), but I really enjoyed reading this book. It isn't a full biography, but a chronicle of some of his activities, interactions, and relationships as seen through Jean's eyes as his chief of staff. I loved hearing some of those lesser-known stories, his relationship with his kids and grandkids, his marriage, I feel weird about giving star ratings to books written by family or people I know (Jean is my Mom's cousin and was President Bush's chief of staff after he left the White House until his death), but I really enjoyed reading this book. It isn't a full biography, but a chronicle of some of his activities, interactions, and relationships as seen through Jean's eyes as his chief of staff. I loved hearing some of those lesser-known stories, his relationship with his kids and grandkids, his marriage, and the development of his friendships with other world leaders (especially President Clinton - I thought his and President Clinton's character as *good men,* regardless of your feelings about either of their politics, really shone through in this book). I also found it really insightful to learn about the workings of a former president's office. I had no idea what post-presidency life truly looks like, and found that side of the book fascinating.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    When I saw George W. Bush’s post praising Jean Becker’s new book on his dad, I picked it up — and I’m so glad I did. As Bush 41’s chief of staff from 1994 until his death in 2018, Becker knew the former president and first lady better than anyone outside of the Bush family. The broad strokes of Bush’s retirement years — including an unlikely friendship with the political rival that deprived him a second term, and being the second president to father another one — are well-known. Becker’s book is When I saw George W. Bush’s post praising Jean Becker’s new book on his dad, I picked it up — and I’m so glad I did. As Bush 41’s chief of staff from 1994 until his death in 2018, Becker knew the former president and first lady better than anyone outside of the Bush family. The broad strokes of Bush’s retirement years — including an unlikely friendship with the political rival that deprived him a second term, and being the second president to father another one — are well-known. Becker’s book is filled with tiny moments and priceless anecdotes that further illuminate Bush 41’s incredible character. It’s an essential supplement for readers of Jon Meacham’s outstanding biography, “Destiny and Power,” and Bush 43’s own book on his dad … though it is rewarding and uplifting on its own merit. If you want to know just how much one person can impact thousands (maybe millions) of people, check out this touching and often funny book.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Jean Becker is a gifted writer and amazing storyteller. Over the course of 25+ years as President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean grew to be one of the President’s dearest friends and his close confidant. The Man I Knew is simply the best book I’ve read in years. At times laugh-out-loud funny, at other times tearfully tender, but above all, always completely honest and real. Jean weaves hundreds of anecdotes gathered over her lengthy career with the Bush family into a coherent story of a Jean Becker is a gifted writer and amazing storyteller. Over the course of 25+ years as President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean grew to be one of the President’s dearest friends and his close confidant. The Man I Knew is simply the best book I’ve read in years. At times laugh-out-loud funny, at other times tearfully tender, but above all, always completely honest and real. Jean weaves hundreds of anecdotes gathered over her lengthy career with the Bush family into a coherent story of a senior American statesman who was loved and respected around the world. As Jean aptly explains, President Bush “41” left a blueprint for how we should all live our lives—with a deep love and respect for our fellow humans and with service to our communities and our world. Don’t be content to just read the rave reviews coming in. Read the book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sue Fernandez

    This book is exactly what I'd been looking for to cover the personality of George HW Bush. Every single thing I've read about him, and Barbara, describe them as wonderful people. This book brings in some anecdotes, but also letters from former President Bush, and insight into the man behind the presidency. I read through this like fiction, and it made me sad that we no longer have him on earth. Thank you Jean Becker for this great book. Thank you to NetGalley and Twelve Books for an e-ARC of thi This book is exactly what I'd been looking for to cover the personality of George HW Bush. Every single thing I've read about him, and Barbara, describe them as wonderful people. This book brings in some anecdotes, but also letters from former President Bush, and insight into the man behind the presidency. I read through this like fiction, and it made me sad that we no longer have him on earth. Thank you Jean Becker for this great book. Thank you to NetGalley and Twelve Books for an e-ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    What a wonderful look into the life of George H.W. Bush. Author Jean Becker served President Bush as his chief of Staff. THE MAN I KNEW is a vibrant behind-the-scenes look into the ups and downs of heading up the office of a former president by one of the people who knew him best. This book tells the story of how, after his devastating loss to Bill Clinton in 1992, President George H.W. Bush rebuilt his life, found a way to make a difference, and how, by the time he died in November 2018, was re What a wonderful look into the life of George H.W. Bush. Author Jean Becker served President Bush as his chief of Staff. THE MAN I KNEW is a vibrant behind-the-scenes look into the ups and downs of heading up the office of a former president by one of the people who knew him best. This book tells the story of how, after his devastating loss to Bill Clinton in 1992, President George H.W. Bush rebuilt his life, found a way to make a difference, and how, by the time he died in November 2018, was revered by his country and the world. The book flows and you can't lay it down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Artie Monahan

    WONDERFUL ACCOUNT OF A GREAT PERSON I loved every page of this biography. I learned about the person. I learned about the ethics that were his foundation. How he treated others. He lived the Gospels. He loved his neighbor, treated all with dignity and respect. He was humble and caring and loving. He loved his family and strongly cared for his grandchildren. I also appreciated a little gem when he visited the island where he was shot down. The young children reacted as all children would react. It f WONDERFUL ACCOUNT OF A GREAT PERSON I loved every page of this biography. I learned about the person. I learned about the ethics that were his foundation. How he treated others. He lived the Gospels. He loved his neighbor, treated all with dignity and respect. He was humble and caring and loving. He loved his family and strongly cared for his grandchildren. I also appreciated a little gem when he visited the island where he was shot down. The young children reacted as all children would react. It fortified to me that despite borders we’re all the same on the inside.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I really wanted to love this book as it's a subject that is rarely touched upon. What does the life of a former President look like? What do they do? What does their staff do? How do they mentally and emotionally handle private life? While the author is gifted, I still felt the answers to those questions weren't really delved into as deeply as I wished. It felt like they were touched upon much like a water strider skims across the surface of a pond. Great subject and I'm looking forward to Jon M I really wanted to love this book as it's a subject that is rarely touched upon. What does the life of a former President look like? What do they do? What does their staff do? How do they mentally and emotionally handle private life? While the author is gifted, I still felt the answers to those questions weren't really delved into as deeply as I wished. It felt like they were touched upon much like a water strider skims across the surface of a pond. Great subject and I'm looking forward to Jon Meacham's next book which this one promised is coming!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Josh Patrick

    A book you have to read Whatever you’re doing, stop and immediately read this book. You’ll learn about a president who had true grace and positively impacted lives in a way few other public figures have. If you read this book with dry eyes, you aren’t human. The stories will bring tears to your eyes and it will be tears of joy, not sadness. We get a chance to get a glance of a President who had grace and class right up till the end. You’ll love this book and you may find yourself wishing that he ha A book you have to read Whatever you’re doing, stop and immediately read this book. You’ll learn about a president who had true grace and positively impacted lives in a way few other public figures have. If you read this book with dry eyes, you aren’t human. The stories will bring tears to your eyes and it will be tears of joy, not sadness. We get a chance to get a glance of a President who had grace and class right up till the end. You’ll love this book and you may find yourself wishing that he had been treated better when he was President.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    If you're looking for a sleazy tell-all, this is definitely NOT the book for you. Instead, Becker, who was George HW Bush's chief of staff after he left the White House shares anecdotes and details of her former boss' life that are interesting, entertaining, and show him to be a true gentleman who lived life to the fullest with courage, love and determination. What a great look at our former president! If you're looking for a sleazy tell-all, this is definitely NOT the book for you. Instead, Becker, who was George HW Bush's chief of staff after he left the White House shares anecdotes and details of her former boss' life that are interesting, entertaining, and show him to be a true gentleman who lived life to the fullest with courage, love and determination. What a great look at our former president!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jason Roland

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. GHWB was involved in so much history (before, during and after his presidency) so any history buff would find it interesting. It focuses a lot on his being a retiree and a grandpa so if you have someone like that in your life (or are one) you'll find it interesting. If you agree with his politics (which I do) or if you don't, you'll still enjoy reading about a man of conviction and love of country who truly tried to do what was best. Highly recommend. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. GHWB was involved in so much history (before, during and after his presidency) so any history buff would find it interesting. It focuses a lot on his being a retiree and a grandpa so if you have someone like that in your life (or are one) you'll find it interesting. If you agree with his politics (which I do) or if you don't, you'll still enjoy reading about a man of conviction and love of country who truly tried to do what was best. Highly recommend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    pat garner

    Do read this book regardless of your political affiliation this is an amazing and delightful.book about a truly humanitarian president and all around good man who will be best know for having passed the Americans with Disabilities Act during his presidency. The author was Bush 41's chief of staff for over 25 years and her tales of those trials and tribulations are humorous and heartwarming , along with interspaced tales of Barbara Bush. Loved this book! Do read this book regardless of your political affiliation this is an amazing and delightful.book about a truly humanitarian president and all around good man who will be best know for having passed the Americans with Disabilities Act during his presidency. The author was Bush 41's chief of staff for over 25 years and her tales of those trials and tribulations are humorous and heartwarming , along with interspaced tales of Barbara Bush. Loved this book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Chris Carson

    Terrific book, great stories and a remarkable life well lived. George HW Bush received two great “legacy” gifts in the writing of, first, Jon Meacham and now Jean Becker. Our country is fortunate to have had President Bush and our society has forever been changed for the better. Thank you, Jean, for wiring such a touching and enjoyable history!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Great behind the scenes look at one of our greatest presidents Jeanne was like a family member, and she skillfully relates to the story of George Bush 41 after you left the presidency until his death for anybody who likes the Bush family this is information that you’ve never read it is really amazing

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mom

    This is not a book about politics but every person who is thinking about going into politics should read it to learn how to be a truly good person. Told by his chief of staff after leaving office who was with him daily until his death, this account of President George H. W,. Bush’s life after the presidency. It is full of humor and humanity as was the man she writes about.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Demsky

    An absolutely astounding book of the life and loves of or 41st President and his wife and his family by the person who was his chief advisor. The book really introduces you to a person, you may not have known, how he lived, what he loved, enjoyed and shared his life with all of America! It was so good that it made me cry again when it came to his funeral!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Judi Urban

    Nice insight into the Bush family from someone who actually knows them. Was so nice to read a feel good book instead of nothing but negativity about someone in public life. Thanks for bringing to light all the positive things the former president and first lady have done in their life! Enjoyed this book....

  24. 4 out of 5

    Caroline David

    I absolutely loved this look into the post-presidency years of George H W Bush. I loved getting to read about his attitude on life. I think Jean Becker is an excellent writer and you can tell how much she admired her former boss. I can’t wait to buy this when it is published,

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mahadevan Subramanian

    The Man I didn't know Coming from Asia, I wasn't a fan of the Bush name as it meant war to me. But as my favorite politician Pete Buttigieg says it's difficult to hate up close. Jean made me closer to 41. I really have come as full circle like Clinton on this perhaps. Good read! The Man I didn't know Coming from Asia, I wasn't a fan of the Bush name as it meant war to me. But as my favorite politician Pete Buttigieg says it's difficult to hate up close. Jean made me closer to 41. I really have come as full circle like Clinton on this perhaps. Good read!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marybeth Wright

    This was a superb book! It was funny, sad, and heartwarming. I had known somethings about Pres. George H. W. post-Pres. but their were numerous things in this book I had not known. This is heartedly recommended to anyone who likes biographies!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Donna j tresino

    George Bush,A good man,a family man, a president. I liked this book.I got a sense of the man . The love he had for his family and also anyone,especially someone in need of kindness. I already liked he and Mrs. Bush when he was inOffice.nice to know the type of person he was

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    This book had me emotional in parts. I may not agree with all H.W.’s policies, but he was by every definition a decent man- and my very first vote for President when i was of age. This book captures the decency and humor of the man. His compassion and decency are sorely missed.

  29. 4 out of 5

    William R. Burke

    The title is perfect - truly an amazing story. I truly enjoyed this very intimate story of two of America’s finest. Jean Becker has the gift of writing in a tone that reflects the way most of us carry on a normal conversation-except she is telling us the story of one of the great leaders of The Greatest Generation. Incredible writer, amazing story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine Jasica

    A remarkable book which I wished wouldn't end. A remarkable book which I wished wouldn't end.

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